Sunday 8:00 am Chapel Service & 10:30 am Sanctuary Service
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Theology on Tap!

Join Pastor Trey as he takes us through a journey of all things God. A time of great food, great fellowship, and great fun!
When: Thursday, June 2 @7:00PM
Where: Lil Beaver Brewery, 5 Finance Dr. Bloomington, IL


When: Every Sunday beginning June 5 through July (except July 3)
Time: 3:00–4:00 PM in Martin Hall
Family Ministry will be having a Sunday afternoon time of discipleship where children ages 5-12 will be exploring robotics systems and how they work while being mentored by spiritual leaders of our church family.  


Bake with Chef Gerald

When: Friday, June 10
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Second Pres Kitchen
Before Friday Prayer Lunch, join Chef Gerald in the kitchen to make and bake  desserts for the church-wide picnic being held at Underwood Park on June 12th. 

Presbyterian Women

AT 9:30 AM

Coffee or Tea and Theology

Join Pastor Trey for coffee or tea and theology! This is a new gathering which will take place on the third Thursday of each month. You are encouraged to bring a friend! We’ll see you there!
When: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Denny's Donuts
Vacation Bible School 2022!

The Red Wheelbarrows
@ Broadview Mansion
Sunday, June 26
4:00–6:00 PM

We're kicking off our Summer Concert Series with some good old fashioned Bluegrass music!
The Red Wheelbarrows describe themselves as "Rowdy music at the weird intersection of old time and bluegrass, where the banjos are loud and the songs are fun!". Based out of Decatur, IL, The Red Wheelbarrows is sure to be an evening of great fun for all!

The concert is free admission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. A food truck will available on site for food purchase.


More information to come soon!

JOY Theatre Trip!

When: Thursday, June 21
Time:  Group leaves Second Pres at 9:00 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM at Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur, IL
Play: 2:00 PM
Return to Second Pres at 6:30 PM
Cost: $85. Reservations due by June 7
Contact: Ruth Oesch 309-452-2942

From the Heritage Archives


Story by Marilyn Freedlund
The Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC) of Second Presbyterian Church met in early May of 1930 to propose the name of Harold R. Martin of Gary, Indiana to the Session.  The resignation of the Rev. Charles Baillie had occurred over a year before when he had been called to Fullerton Presbyterian in Chicago, and when he had expressed his regret that he had not been more successful in
“lifting the spiritual values” of Second Pres congregants.  The PNC had diligently been looking for a new pastor to bring renewal and growth, and a motivator who would also increase monetary pledges for “missions and benevolences.”  When Martin accepted the call to Second Pres, in the words of esteemed Clerk and historian Roy Ramseyer, the Committee “had chosen even better than it knew.”  

Martin preached his first sermon at the Bloomington church on May 18, 1930, entitled “Let Us Rise Up and Build”, while speaking of “creative religion” and urging the membership to give earnest support to vital programs.  By 1932, he had received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree, and was thereafter fondly known to parishioners as “Doc” Martin, and his wife Alice and their children had been warmly incorporated into the Second Pres family.  His emphasis during each phase of any new extension of  church activity was consistently on UTILIZING PRAYER while seeking out youth and increasing attention to missions. When approached in his office by members seeking information, counseling, or action on any issue, Doc often said, “Let’s get on our knees right now and pray about it!” Dr. Harold Martin served as senior pastor and head of staff at Second Presbyterian Church for a total of 32 years.  By the time he retired, he had become known locally as a beloved leader, a “spiritual arouser”, as well as a figure of national importance. In 1957, he was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church U.S. A. As Moderator, he played a major role in the merger of the denomination with the United Presbyterian Church; he also made several international visits representing Presbyterians worldwide.  
During Dr. Martin’s tenure at his home church in Bloomington, a number of “stepping stones to Christian service” were instituted at the church, including prayer groups—23 independent groups met between the years 1934 and 1962.  Youth choirs started in 1937 under the direction of Mary Jane Carothers, and eventually developed into nine different choirs incorporating all ages from 4 years of age to senior adults.  Youth camps were started in 1938 and involved several hundred youth at summer camps located at Lake Bloomington, IL and Lake Geneva, WI, along with many adult volunteers who served as leaders and counselors.  During the years of Dr. Martin’s leadership, over 20 young people were sent into full-time Christian service and were located in various sites around in world.  The sanctuary and church building, originally built in 1896, were reconfigured and remodeled in 1939 and a new Christian Education building was built in 1955-56, fully supported and paid for by 1962. By the time of Doc’s retirement in the fall of 1962, church membership had increased to over 2000 youth and adults.

Doc Martin with teens.
Doc Martin send off to be moderator.
During 2020-2022, the Heritage Committee of Second Presbyterian Church compiled many materials from Dr. Harold Martin’s years of service into an organized box file now available to interested parties.
Included are some personal letters as well as documentary evidence and insights into the 3 decades of Doc’s ministry. A file titled “Overview” prepared by longtime church member Elizabeth Abraham for a “Who’s Who” publication is there, along with the following series of documents:

  • Series I.  Biographical materials for Dr. Martin, including funeral documents
  • Series II. Papers of Dr. Martin, Call to Pastorate, Bulletins and Activities
  • Series III.  Materials related to Term of Office as Moderator of General Assembly
  • Series IV.  International Travel of Moderator Harold R. Martin  
  • Series V.  Letters (originals) from and to Dr. Martin, 1930-1980; sermons delivered and published writings  
  • Series VI.  Photographs including Dr. Martin and people of the church and this community; included are photo shoot images from McCall’ magazine article on Second Pres church (1950)  

As additional materials are found and donated, this file-box is being consistently updated by Heritage Committee volunteers.
In a pamphlet prepared by the Presbytery of Great Rivers prior to Dr. Martin’s election as Moderator, Doc’s contributions to the church were summed up in these words:  “The spirit of prayer, coupled with sincere humility has pervaded the life of Harold R. Martin.”  They then added, “The secret power found in Second Presbyterian Church may be found in the way that God has used this man.”  
(Note: An Addendum to this article entitled “A Personal Viewpoint” is available below.)

Happening Every Week!

Classes and Gatherings at Second Pres


  • 8:00 AM Chapel Worship
  • 10:30 AM Sanctuary Service
  • 9:15 AM 
    • Children's Sunday School
    • Sunday Brunch Grab-n-Go
    • Youth Sunday School
9:15 AM ACE Class 
  • May 29:  Florilegium
  • June 5:  Sacred Reading and Narnia: Taking Literature Seriously

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Sr. High YOUth


  • 8:30 AM Morning Men's Bible Study


  • 12:00 PM Friday Prayer Lunch

Bible Study

Wednesday, January 5 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, January 19 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Contact Bryce Jones for information.